Volunteering & skill-sets

General

Anyone can apply for the very limited space we have to become a volunteer at the Ashram by simply writing to our mailbox ashramgandhi@gmail.com .

First a couple of important cautions to bear in mind.

  • Due to current building and budget constraints, until further notice,  we can take only one volunteer at any one time, and for that we go for the most needed skill, which is of a qualified Hatha Yoga Teacher (which we think is the baseline yoga teaching but will take other styles of yoga/meditation teaching but from guest volunteers to fill in the occasional gap in our daily classes). The preference is for those who can stay for a month or more. Timing is important as we try to arrange to have a volunteer or a guest volunteer throughout the year with no overlap of stays . So you may miss out even if you have the ideal attributes simply because of the constraints that we have to work with.
  • If you can afford to stay as a guest (and in itself support our low budget, very much self supporting, Ashram carry out its mission) and you are a qualified Hatha Yoga Teacher, you can volunteer some of your time and teach some yoga classes during your stay. Also as a guest you can volunteer your spare time and skills to do any of the tasks around the Ashram, esp. the desirable skill sets listed below, which can deepen your Ashram stay, connection and experience. Read on.

Desirable skill sets to have for A Guest or Volunteer

Aside from the obvious special skills of a qualified yoga teacher volunteer, traditionally we look for any able person who can assist with general work around the Ashram but with preference for desirable skill-sets we obviously lack. These include skills such as qualified English teaching (esp those with English as a Second Language teacher training to help with conversation or lessons immediately after evening puja or prayer-chant ends, at about 8 pm at night). Also trades skills such as carpentry, electrician etc or any specific skills to do the tasks around the Ashram with an eye to skill transfers to our members as part of their life skills preparation. Naturally there is also the more general tasks such as communal yard sweeping after the morning puja at 6 am, or assisting in the kitchen. We welcome paying guests who wish to volunteer their time during their stay.

Please note that we also encourage our paying guests with the above qualifications and desire to contribute some their spare time during their stay with us as a community service  while also experiencing our unique Ashram life with our members and guests.

Something in return we can offer those on our volunteer program (note currently only one at a time in the form of a qualified yoga teacher):

  • Full accommodation and meals with your own  simple but spacious volunteer’s room above our kindergarten (the classes from 7.30 to 10 am only, hence, a could be noisy period but when a volunteer is supposed to be up and about anyway) with a bird’s eye view of the Ashram, the pond and the ocean. Until one day we build bathroom facilities on same first floor level these facilities are on the ground floor locked area. You will have your meals with other full paying guests.
  • We still require a token IDR 100,000 per night as volunteering is a non existent/grey area in the immigration’s restrictive work permit rules and technically our volunteer is still a guest that we have to pay guest tax on, which we do.  If this is an issue, please mention this when you write to us ( ashramgandhi@gmail.com ) for consideration.

Guest/Volunteer/Yoga Teacher

This part deals with the more specific volunteer yoga teacher while some of the principles are also applicable to the general volunteer. We need qualified yoga teachers who would like to further their teaching or spiritual seva selfless service during their yoga journey to assist with the continuity of  our yoga classes at the Ashram.

  1. Volunteer/Yoga Teacher:  Normally suitable for longer term volunteer of one month or longer and with it comes our accommodation offer as per above. We hope the volunteer to cover the gaps in the morning and afternoon sessions and to help maintain our seafront yoga shala with all its equipment. The  general volunteer is also expected to participate in member’s’activities such as attending the daily pujas.
  2. Guest Volunteer/Yoga Teacher: Normally for full paying guests with any length of  stay at the Ashram in mind, but who would like to contribute some of their skills, labour and time to the Ashram during their stay with us. You pay the normal Ashram’s nightly rates of IDR 350,000 with all meals and you can pick and choose as many or little of the vacant class/sessions or sub some teachers as the need arises.

The yoga class/sessions we strive to cover at our ashram are –

  • Daily key afternoon 4 – 5.15 pm classes (with focus primarily for Ashram’s guests, casual/drop-in outside guests and Ashram Members) of which the core days are Mon, Wed and Fridays as our minimum yoga target (For now as this doc is updated -April 2019- we have regular part time Hatha Yoga teachers covering  these core afternoon classes).
  • Daily non-key morning 7 – 8 am classes (focus on Ashram members and Ashram’s guests, outside ‘drop-in’ guests allowed to join only with prior arrangement). The morning classes are of lesser priority to the afternoon classes but of these the Sunday morning class is quite important as it’s the time when most of the school going members can attend the class.
  • We wish to maintain a conducive working environment for our volunteer yoga teachers as we want you to be reasonably happy and stay for your whole intended seva at the Ashram (or perhaps return again). Therefore we are reasonably flexible to reduce the load/classes if it’s felt to be too much for the volunteers, though some will occur naturally when no participant/guests are likely to attend the morning classes, and some of the lower priority classes can be dropped.

The above is simply the broad outline. If you have specific needs or ideas how to make this suits you better please contact us at ashramgandhi@gmail.com so we can discuss them further. Thanking you for your interest in volunteering at the Ashram.

 

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